Are audio dramas the new Netflix? Well, they’re surely just as bingeable! Fictional podcasts are a great way to unwind, transport to a fantasy world, or listen to on the go. We’re seeing so many celebrity names lending their voices and expertise to the wonderful world of podcasts. And we’re happy to round up 10 series standouts.
Tune in to travel after the apocalypse, head to a paranormal universe, and explore a future Los Angeles where robots and humans intermingle. On our list, we’ve also included a supernatural thriller, a historical drama, a show about a woman leading a double life, a young professional who scores her dream job in tech, and a thriller for fans of true crime.
QCODE’s “Gaslight” is a 10-part series starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Created, written, and directed by filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, this psychological thriller will have you at the edge of your seat. When Danny goes missing, everyone in her orbit is distraught and searches for answers. Two years later, Danny shockingly shows up at her best friend’s doorstep one morning. You’ll hear characters voiced by Kelsey Asbille, Taran Killam, John Gallagher Jr., Penelope Ann Miller, Chris Ellis, and Amandla Stenberg.
QCODE’s “Blackout” is a dramatic thriller series in its second season. Rami Malek plays a radio DJ named Simon. The podcast follows his quest to survive in his apocalyptic world. The town loses power and lives are upended. Season 2 starts after Simon and his family’s narrow escape. They randomly meet up with an old friend voiced by Aja Naomi King. We’re introduced to a bunch of new characters this season. The series is created by Scott Conroy and written by Jeremy Novick.
Demi Moore voices the title’s character on QCODE’s 6-part series, “Dirty Diana.” An unhappy woman in a crumbling marriage, Diana secretly runs an erotic website for women to reveal their sexual fantasies. This series was created by Shana Feste. Throughout the series, listeners will hear characters voiced by Melanie Griffith, Gwendoline Christe, Rosa Salazar, Lena Dunham, Ava Grey, and Mackenzie Davis.
Gimlet Media’s “Sandra” stars Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat, a drama podcast following the character Helen as she navigates her new AI tech job. Though Helen thinks this job will be the best thing that has happened to her, working from inside the tech world unveils the unexpected and places her in situations she never could have imagined. Listeners will hear characters also voiced by Christopher Abbott, Avi Rothman, and Ethan Hawke
Cole Sprouse stars in QCODE’s thriller, “Borrasca.” When character Sam Walker moves to Missouri, he befriends Kyle and Kimber. Sam’s sister is the first to go missing, as the town is thrown into panic. Sam, Kyle, and Kimber lead an investigation to solve the mystery, and try to bring home the missing, including Sam’s sister. Their research trails to a nearby mountaintop that holds clues. All episodes are now streaming.
The Left Right Game
QCODE’s “The Left Right Game” stars actress Tessa Thompson, as she plays a journalist reporting on supernatural explorers. She follows the group as they cross over into a paranormal world, participating in the game they play called the Left/Right Game. Tessa’s character reckons they are all in over their heads, stuck in a world that they neither expect nor are equipped for. Will they survive? Emma Tammi directs this series created and written by Jack Anderson.
QCODE’s “Electric Easy” unites sci-fi, music, and an all-star cast for its neo-noir drama. Set in futuristic Los Angeles, a world where technology rules, androids called “electrics” and humans (not-so-peacefully) live side-by-side, and gangs lurk. Besides producing this series, Kesha also voices the role of Zephyr, a nightclub MC at a venue called Electric Easy. When a human falls in love with an “electric,” things get crazy. Singer/songwriter Chloe Bailey from pop duo Chloe x Halle plays Vector. Kesha and Chloe collaborated on original music for the series, as we’ll hear throughout the episodes. New episodes are posted weekly.
The Adventure Zone: Ethersea
McElroy brothers Griffin, Justin, and Travis are Internet sensations! Hosting their popular YouTube channel, the podcast “My Brother, My Brother, and Me,” and more, the brothers recruited their dad for “The Adventure Zone: Ethersea,” a comedic fictional podcast. Each episode will take listeners on swashbuckling adventures, through magical worlds of their own design. New episodes are released biweekly.
iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild present the supernatural drama series, “Bridgewater,” created by “Lore’s” Aaron Mahnke. The episodes follow relics professor Jeremy Bradshaw’s journey to solve a mystery, and he wonders if the past can be altered. “Bridgewater” features a star-studded cast including Misha Collins, Melissa Ponzio, Hilarie Burton Morgan, Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton, Kristin Bauer, Karan Soni, and Jonathan Joss.
QCODE and Crooked Media’s “Edith!” tells the story of America’s first unofficial female president. Voiced by Rosamund Pike, this historical fiction podcast is a regular riot, based on the real Edith, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife. Following the end of World War I, the podcast’s plot starts in 1919 after her husband falls ill. While he was unwell, Edith signed documents and made high-stakes decisions on President Wilson’s behalf. Go inside the White House in this fictional series, with new episodes released weekly.